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C-NS students organize zombie 5K run to benefit Food Bank

Zombies will chase runners at Oneida Shores for the first-ever Hallowrun for Hunger on Oct. 20, put on by C-NS sophomores Liz Westfall and Megan Cuculich. For more information, visit hallowrun.com.

Zombies will chase runners at Oneida Shores for the first-ever Hallowrun for Hunger on Oct. 20, put on by C-NS sophomores Liz Westfall and Megan Cuculich. For more information, visit hallowrun.com.

— If you’ve ever wanted to be chased by zombies, now’s your chance.

On Oct. 20, you can be part of the Hallowrun for Hunger at Oneida Shores, which kicks off at 11 a.m. at the McKinley Shelter. The 5K course will feature student zombies from Cicero-North Syracuse High School, who will chase runners as they make their way along the course.

Hallowrun for Hunger

When: 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 20. Registration begins at 10 a.m., followed by a free kids’ run.

Where: Oneida Shores Park, Brewerton

Why: To benefit the Food Bank of Central New York

To register, sign up directly through active.com or click through the link at hallowrun.com. Registration is $25; active.com takes a $2.25 fee, but the rest goes directly to the Food Bank of Central New York, the main food supplier to 268 emergency food programs in 11 counties in the state.

But it’s not the zombies’ hunger that race organizers Liz Westfall and Megan Cuculich care about.

Westfall and Cuculich, both rising sophomores at C-NS, are much more concerned with the real hunger they see in the community every day.

“We started doing this event with the kids for Feed the Starving Children, and they were really inspired by how many people are hungry,” said Veronica Westfall, Liz’s mom. “In 2011, we found a website for Halloween for Hunger, [which encourages kids to collect canned goods for the hungry instead of trick-or-treating on Halloween], and it got bigger from there.”

Liz and Megan’s efforts began in seventh grade, and every Halloween, their food drives have grown. So far, the girls have collected more than 1,500 pounds of food for the Food Bank of CNY. Last year alone, the collected more than 1,000 pounds.

This year, the two, both of whom are on C-NS’s cross country team, decided they wanted to marry their two loves: running and helping the hungry.

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